Distance: 1 mile
Skill Level: easy, with steep descent and hand rails
Elevation Gain: 100′
Type of Hike: loop
Trail Condition: trail, rocky
Wow Factor: fun rope railing
Note: As of summer 2016, the last section would be impassable for little walkers as its so overgrown with pricker bushes.
How to get there: From 84, take 311 east. Veer right on 164. Make a left on Cornwall Hill Rd (there is a large sign for Laurel Ledges). Turn right onto Couch Road. Head down the road a short distance. There is a small strip, directly across from a house, for about 3 cars on the right. There is no signage at the parking spot.
Continue down Couch Road a short distance. You’ll see the large brown sign up on the hill and the red trail to the left of it.
Head up and up for about a tenth of a mile.
Once you reach the top, its pretty flat as it heads right then parallel with the road.
At about half a mile, you’ll pass the yellow trail to the left leading to the Laurel Ledges hike.
The trail gets extremely narrow here and starts the descent.
After a short distance, you’ll come to the hand rope railing and a fairly steep section.
Once the rope runs out, there is an old foundation to check out.
The trail will climb just a tiny bit and dump you out into a more open but very overgrown section that lasts until the road. The markers all but disappear and you will be swimming your way through pricker bushes.
Just before the road is a tall bridge.
At the road, turn right and follow it back less than a quarter mile to the car.
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